The More You Know The Less You Think You Know
Summer 2019

Film

  1. Murder Mountain (2018, Joshua Zeman)

  2. Sunset Boulevard (1950, Billy Wilder)

  3. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (2018, Morgan Neville)

  4. “Topless Cellist” Charlotte Moorman (1995, Nam June Paik)

  5. Wind River (2017, Taylor Sheridan)

 
 
 

Music

  1. Stina Nordenstam:  People Are Strange (Warner Music UK)

  2. Bud Shank:  7 Classic Albums boxset (Real Tone Jazz)

  3. Alan Parsons Project:  I Robot (Arista)

  4. Errorsmith:  Superlative Fatigue (Pan)

  5. Black Sabbath:  Heaven & Hell (1980, Warner Bros)

 
 
 

Books

  1. The Music of The Primes by Marcus Du Sautoy (2003, Harper Collins)

  2. Absolutely Music by Haruki Murakami (2006, Vintage International)

  3. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (2017, Penguin)

  4. Bear Attacks — The Deadly Truth by James Gary Shelton (1998, published by author)

  5. Fun With Your New Head by Thomas M. Disch (1968, Signet)

 

DEAD BASS GOON

WARNING! Bass Players only! If you are not a total bass geek please exit this site immediately. Below you will see two written examples (traditional notation and tablature) of the most famous Bungle bass-line ever. This bass-line was written by drummer Danny Heifetz (no bassist in their right mind would dream it up ). You will notice that it is basically two chromatic scales starting an octave apart (C#) and collapsing (one ascending, one descending) to a unison (F#).

If you play this line on piano with one finger from each hand you will realize what a ridiculous concoction it is. On bass, however, it's not so easy. It took me a long time to figure out how to play it, and a very short time to forget it. I had to re-learn it in order to teach it to a student, and now, at the behest of many bass-dweebs, I am disclosing the secret of the dead bass goon:

 
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In manuscript form, I have divided the line into four positions. By "position" I mean a four-fret span, one finger per fret (1-2-3-4). Technically, the line can be played in three positions. The five notes in position VI can be played with the other two notes in position V. But I never played it this way. I found that at such a fast tempo, it was easier to play if my hand was constantly climbing upward.

This also makes more sense when you realize that position V, VI and VIII all begin on the A string. Above each note I've written a fingering. And the roman numerals represent what fret the position begins at. So, for example, in the last measure your first finger should be at the 8th fret even though the figure starts with your 2nd finger.

Good luck, and let us never speak of this bass-line again.